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The Bears Den: January 02, 2015 - Postseason Chicago Bears news & notes

Has Marc Mariani shown enough to be the Bears' returner next season?

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Five questions the Bears must ask GM candidates - Patrick Finley: Philosophically, in a division with Aaron Rodgers, must the Bears terrorize him with a pass rush (as the Lions do) or try to outscore him through the air?

Why not hire Gary Fencik as Bears brass? - Mike Imrem: The McCaskeys would have to respect the opinions of a hard-hitting champion who knows what Bears football looks like and have to trust a business executive who knows what a bottom line looks like.

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A capsule look at Bears GM candidates - Michael C. Wright: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported the Bears have requested permission to interview five candidates as replacements for Phil Emery.  Bob LeGereBears to interview Chris Ballard Friday or Saturday.

Bears set to meet with two coaching candidates this weekend - Dan Wiederer: Eric DeCosta off the board as Bears continue GM search; how strong is the link between the Bears and Doug Marrone?  NY Post: Bears to interview Marrone next week.

Peyton Manning: Teams will be impressed with Adam Gase - Adam L. Jahns: Some of Gase’s success the last two seasons is linked to Manning, but he’s highly regarded in league circles for his innovation, especially after his work with Tim Tebow.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Bears reportedly have interest in Doug Marrone.

[Audio] - Jarrett Payton reviews the year in football, his relationship with Marc Trestman and how management decisions affected the Bears’ offense.

[Video] Inside the Bears - Jared Allen goes for a drive with Anthony Adams in another edition of "Big Guys in Compact Cars."

Bears history - Larry Mayer: On the 20th anniversary of one of the most improbable playoff victories in Bears history, a look back at their surprise 35-18 win over the Vikings on Jan. 1, 1995.

Jay Cutler

Cutler among guys who could use a change of scenery - Adam Schein has a go at Jay Cutler's demeano(u)r and compares him to Jeff George.  Achievement Unlocked!

Predictions for 2015: Cutler will be an MVP contender - Lorenzo Reyes: With the talent around him, Cutler needs a strong, offensive-minded head coach who can push the right buttons and inspire him to maximize his potential. Marc Trestman simply wasn’t that guy.

Worst-to-first candidates for 2015 NFL season - Gil Brandt: Mike Shanahan could channel Cutler's ability and turn a potential "seed of doubt" into a definite "seed of hope." Plus, he's a Chicago person who understands this is not a finesse team, and that the Bears should pound the ball and play defense.

[Video] SportsTalk Live - Can there be balance in Bears offense if Cutler returns?

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What are players paid during the playoffs? - Joel Corry: Inside the financials for each players’[sic] postseason pay.

Jack Bechta: The Agent's Journal - Is college football about to implode? There is a storm brewing and it’s almost here.

X&Os - Matt Bowen takes a look at how the Packers adjusted their receivers' route trees to compensate for Aaron Rodgers' injury.  [Route trees? I've heard of such things.]


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